Definition of fingerwork in English:



  • 1Work done with the fingers; any action or activity undertaken with the fingers, especially when requiring particular manual dexterity; sometimes as the type of work done without great (physical) exertion.

  • 2Fine or ornate sewing, embroidery, tapestry, weaving, etc., requiring a high degree of dexterity and skill with the fingers. Compare "work". Now rare.

  • 3Music. The technique of moving or placing the fingers in playing an instrument; the manner in which an instrumentalist moves or places his or her fingers while playing.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Cotta (?1575–?1628), physician. From finger + work.